Free community meal at Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday

The Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church has a free community meal on Friday, and nurses from the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge have volunteered to give flu shots to those in need, a press release said.

Free coats and blankets will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis due to a limited supply.

It’s the Stone Soup Ministry meal, and it’s held the last Friday of every month in the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Food for the free monthly meal is provided by the ORUUC congregation with financial help from Oak Ridge community members.

Friday’s meal will include homemade ham and white bean soup, pimiento cheese sandwiches, and cookies and milk, the press release said. Dine-in or take-out will be available from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Stone Soup Ministry name is derived from the Stone Soup Fable, a medieval tale in which a hungry stranger came upon a small village. Having no food, he put water and a few stones in a large pot to boil. The villagers, who were suffering from a meager harvest, each contributed a bit of food, a carrot, a potato, and other items. In the end, the stranger and the villagers sat down to the meal together.

In modern times, the story is usually told as a lesson in cooperation.

For more information about Friday’s meal, call the ORUUC office at (865) 483-6761.

ORUUC is located at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike (traffic light number 11).

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